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1430 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 734-4515
(212) 734-1960 fax
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200 Pantigo Place
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-4900
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Nasal Breathing Problems

There are many reasons why you may experience difficulties breathing. In some situations, you may just be coming down with a cold, while in other cases acute sinusitis may be to blame. Of course, this isn’t the only reason you could be dealing with nasal inflammation, blocked sinuses and facial pain and pressure. If you are dealing with watery eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, congestion or a cough, then allergies or asthma may also be responsible for the symptoms you are experiencing.

Some nasal issues are only acute (short-term) while others are chronic (long-term). Common conditions that can affect breathing include allergies, asthma and sinus infections. Just having sinus inflammation alone can also be enough to trigger an asthma attack so seeking treatment as soon as possible is always the best option.

Some sinus symptoms may also be alerting you to issues with your lungs such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia or even lung cancer. Luckily, we offer a full range of diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of your issues once and for all so that we can create a treatment plan that finally provides you with the relief you’ve been looking for.

Besides performing a routine physical exam, we will also sit down and discuss your medical history. This will help us determine which types of tests are going to be the most informative. For example, if you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, then you may need to undergo a specific diagnostic test (e.g. spirometry) that will check pulmonary function.

Sometimes a CT scan or X-ray will also need to be performed, particularly if we suspect that you could be dealing with pneumonia or chronic bronchitis. A sinus CT scan may be necessary if your symptoms are aligning with a chronic form of sinusitis. Once we determine the root cause of your breathing problems we can determine the best course of action for treating it.

If allergies are to blame we can prescribe allergy medications or shots. We will also recommend certain lifestyle changes to help reduce your exposure to allergens. Nasal spray, decongestants and antihistamines may also provide relief.

Those with chronic or recurring allergies and sinus infections may also use inhaled corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and to open up the nasal passages. If asthma is the cause of your breathing issues there are many different kinds of medications that can reduce your symptoms and prevent an asthma attack, from oral to inhaled medications. We will also determine what allergens could be triggering your asthma to help limit your exposure.

We can also work with other doctors and medical specialists to create an effective treatment plan if your condition is due to other health conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema or COPD.

To learn more about the right nasal treatment for you, call our Manhattan office at (212) 734-4515 or our East Hampton, NY, office at (631) 324-4900.